Something Happened, Paperback Book
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Bob Slocum was a promising executive. He had an attractive wife, three children, a nice house, and as many mistresses as he desired.

His life was settled and ordered; he had conformed and society demanded he be happy - or at least pretend to be, But the pretence was becoming more and more difficult, as Slocum's discontent grew into an overwhelming sense of desolation, frustration and fear. And then something happened. . .


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Due to my life circumstances at the time of reading, this book probably had more effect on me more than any other I will ever read. It is basically the brutally honest rantings and recollections of Bob Slocum, who is less than happy with his “ideal” life. I liked the non-linear style and constant divergences of Bob’s thoughts. At times it is exhausting, almost tedious but often utterly compelling and insightful. Ultimately, I recognised that some of the characters in the book were all around me at work (in a very similar workplace) and that, as a 19 year old apprentice, I was being groomed to become one of them. Fittingly, I discovered the book during a pointless two-hour wait to use some equipment in the library of my workplace - under the orders of one such person I was subsequently warned I would become by the book.Something Happened is very dark and at times disturbing, but still contains an abundance of Heller’s unique wit and clever turn of phrase. In comparison, a very different book to Catch-22 but IMHO an achievement to rival it. I would say essential reading for Heller fans but, despite being one of favourite books, I’m not sure I could recommend it to everybody.Yes, I quit the job. Thanks Joseph!

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